Silicon Carbide Based Power Mangement and Distribution for Space Nuclear Power Systems

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,989.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CE58P
Agency Tracking Number:
104257
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
X8.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc.
AR, Fayetteville, AR, 72701-7175
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
121539790
Principal Investigator:
Brad Reese
Principal Investigator
(479) 443-5759
breese@apei.net
Business Contact:
Sharmila Mounce
Business Official
(479) 443-5759
smounce@apei.net
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
In this SBIR project, APEI, Inc. is proposing to develop a high efficiency, rad-hard, 100's kWe power management and distribution (PMAD) system for space nuclear power systems. The PMAD will utilize SiC JFET power switches; components which APEI, Inc. has irradiated under TID conditions to greater than 3MRad with little to zero change in device performance. The PMAD will implement a modular approach in order to increase efficiency and ease expansion, as well as a multi-level soft-switching power topology which will allow increased transmission voltages (up to 2 kV) and increased efficiency. APEI, Inc. will leverage over a decade of experience in developing high-power, high-density SiC-based power electronic systems in order to realize an efficient, power-dense PMAD solution for space nuclear power systems.

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